Internet television or IPTV is more fashionable than ever, and new alternatives are constantly emerging. So we have compiled a series of tricks for IPTV that will help us master this new system when watching channels, series, movies, sports and other content online.
We have explained what IPTV is, initially created by telecommunications operators to offer their pay television, but which was soon adopted by user communities to provide online access to all kinds of content.
Much of the IPTV content is collected in lists in M3U format that users upload to different Internet sites, and the free online tv services ad-funded. So we are going to collect some tricks that cover all modalities:
All DTT is on free and legal IPTV
Sometimes IPTV is associated with broadcasts without copyrights, such as football and live sports, or pay television channels. The reality is that there lots of legal and free contentas we will see in this list of tricks.
The free-to-air television Spanish DTT or part of the cable networks in the US they can be seen in apps like TDTChannels, Photocall TV or IPTV-org. These services usually do not have legal problems, because they are limited to showing the official streaming of the channel’s page.
On the other hand, services like Tivify also give us access to free-to-air television, saving some tricks for those who pay an optional monthly fee: recording programs in the cloud, the ability to pause or rewind, and some premium channels.
If we want to unblock television channels from different countries, IPTV is a quick and easy solution, since it covers almost all countries in the world.
Get IPTV link of any video
Many of the streaming videos use an M3U format, so they can be opened with IPTV players, something that makes sense especially if they are live or permanent broadcasts.
The easiest way to locate these links is Stream Detectora specialized tool that analyzes the source of the videos.
We have explained, step by step, how to get the IPTV link of any Internet video, as Stream Detector can be a bit complex the first time we use it.
IPTV as an alternative to satellite
The most interesting tricks for IPTV are those related to the content, and many do not know that they allow us to see hundreds or even thousands of satellite TV channels. Some satellite platforms broadcast free to air, so watching them online is a direct alternative to satellite dishes.
We just have to take a look at the options to watch satellite television for free over the Internet, legally, and without resorting to the CCCam.
We have several web services from which to access the broadcasts, or we can resort to the previous trick of obtaining the IPTV link to watch it in a dedicated player.
VLC also supports IPTV
Sometimes, we find computers that have restricted the installation of applications or access to certain websites, and we believe that we cannot watch IPTV. Hopefully we will have installed VLC, a very popular video player It contains more tricks than it seems.
And yes, it is possible to view IPTV lists with VLC, although it is not ideal for those who are regular users. Once the link is obtained, it is done from this menu:
Medium -> Open network location… -> Enter a URL -> Play
IPTV available on all platforms
Sometimes we associate IPTV with complex Windows programs with outdated interfaces, but this hasn’t been the case for a long time. Currently, we have very careful apps for most devicesincluding televisions or media players.
Here is a list of the best apps for each type of device:
- IPTV players for Android.
- IPTV Players for Windows.
- IPTV players for Smart TV.
- IPTV players for Android TV.
- IPTV players for Chromecast.
- IPTV players for Fire TV.
Pastebin offers many M3U lists
There are many sources of M3U lists with channels on the Internet, but one of the most popular is Pastebin. Actually, this website is not dedicated to IPTV, but rather allows users to publicly upload textis a kind of social clipboard.
This allows you to find varied and different IPTV lists, although we must be careful to avoid pirated content, which sometimes goes through the platform’s filters.
When we looked at the alternatives to cable in the US, we already saw that it is worth opting for a streaming service instead of paying the high fees of cable operators.
The options are many, such as YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu + Live TV, or Rokubased on our expectations. Some have free plans, although if we want to watch premium channels or live sports we will have to go to the paid ones.
We have made a comparison between cable television and IPTV, in which the latter almost always wins. In the end, you can see practically the same content, they give us access on more devices and the prices are lower.
The big studios are already on IPTV
The emergence of Netflix in entertainment had a direct response with other paid streaming services, such as HBO or Disney +. In recent times, new competitors are seeing an opportunity in the ad-supported free streaming services (FAST).
The most popular is Pluto TV, owned by Paramount, and Warner TV Now should be coming soon. In addition, other companies have launched free channel platforms, such as Plex TV, Samsung TV Plus, Xiaomi TV or LG Channels.
VPN to access with privacy
Sometimes we want to access IPTV content in the most private way possible, and for this there are free VPNs (there are also paid versions) that they simulate that we are connected from another locationeven in a different country.
They are not infallible, but they do reduce the possibility of knowing who is connecting. In any case, we should not take advantage of them to access unofficial broadcasts that do not have authorization from the copyright holders.
With these tricks you can get more out of IPTVregardless of the type of content you watch, that you use MU3 lists downloaded from the Internet or that you access through specialized services.